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Aug 24, 2011

Analysis: Tobacco warnings latest business free-speech case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tobacco companies are the latest of several corporate groups to assert a right to free speech in a high-profile legal battle that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reynolds American Inc’s (RAI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) R.J. Reynolds unit, Lorillard Inc (LO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Liggett Group LLC and Commonwealth Brands Inc, owned by Britain’s Imperial Tobacco Group Plc (IMT.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) last week sued the Food and Drug Administration for requiring more graphic health warnings on packages and in advertising.

Aug 24, 2011

Analysis – U.S tobacco warnings latest business free-speech case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tobacco companies are the latest of several corporate groups to assert a right to free speech in a high-profile legal battle that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reynolds American Inc’s (RAI.N: Quote, Profile, Research) R.J. Reynolds unit, Lorillard Inc (LO.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Liggett Group LLC and Commonwealth Brands Inc, owned by Britain’s Imperial Tobacco Group Plc (IMT.L: Quote, Profile, Research) last week sued the Food and Drug Administration for requiring more graphic health warnings on packages and in advertising.

Aug 22, 2011

NFL’s Haynesworth pleads no contest in fondling case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Redskins football player Albert Haynesworth pleaded no contest Monday to an assault charge for fondling a female server at a hotel bar in February, federal prosecutors said.

The plea included a deferred sentencing deal that called for the 30-year-old Haynesworth to perform 160 hours of community service and undergo counseling as directed.

Aug 15, 2011

Analysis: Obama healthcare law: two justices may decide fate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The legal fate of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law will likely come down to two Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy.

That would be a familiar role for Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often has cast the decisive vote on the most contentious issues before the nine-member high court divided between conservative and liberal factions.

Aug 15, 2011

Obama healthcare law: two justices may decide fate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The legal fate of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law will likely come down to two Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy.

That would be a familiar role for Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often has cast the decisive vote on the most contentious issues before the nine-member high court divided between conservative and liberal factions.

Aug 13, 2011

Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law suffered a setback on Friday when an appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.

Aug 12, 2011

U.S. court rules against Obama healthcare mandate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law suffered a setback on Friday when a U.S. appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.

Aug 12, 2011

Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare mandate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law suffered a setback Friday when a U.S. appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire healthcare law.

Aug 10, 2011

Arizona appeals to Supreme Court on immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Arizona Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal and overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

The law, signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they detained and suspected was in the country illegally.

Aug 3, 2011

Authorities say online child pornography network dismantled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Authorities said on Wednesday they have dismantled an online bulletin board allegedly used by 600 people around the world to trade graphic images and videos of child sex abuse.

More than 70 people have been charged in connection with the private site, which was called “Dreamboard” and gave members varying access to the material. Board members who molested children themselves getting the most coveted “Super VIP” access to pictures and videos, they said.